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Athlon X4 631 good CPU for budget gaming system?

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February 8, 2012 2:15:14 AM

Hey everyone, my friend needs me to build him a gaming pc for around 600 - 650, Ive chosen either an Athlon X3 455 or an Athlon X4 631. The X3 is 3.3ghz and socket AM3 while the X4 is socket FM1 but 2.6ghz. Which would be the better cpu for gaming? Ill post links for the other parts.

Case: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

MoBo: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... - if i choose the 631

Ram : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Video Card: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HDD: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

PSU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

All comes to $641.11 Canadian.
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February 8, 2012 2:24:09 AM

Nope, neither. The Athlon 631 is really a gimped A8, meaning it doesn't have the processing power of a full processor, per say. You'll want something on the AM3 socket for that.

Second, shop around at a few different sites, like NCIX.ca and Canadacomputers.com They offer free shipping, as newegg's can be crazy high in Canada.
Last, please post the form here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... gives us a better idea of what you need.

Cheers!
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February 8, 2012 2:59:29 AM

Well any cpu higher would bring me out of the 650 dollar limit
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February 8, 2012 3:42:54 AM

taylorwallace9 said:
Well any cpu higher would bring me out of the 650 dollar limit

It's not a matter of higher CPU, it's matter of different CPU. We'll figure something out, $650 is pretty roomy.
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February 8, 2012 4:27:22 PM

striker410 said:
It's not a matter of higher CPU, it's matter of different CPU. We'll figure something out, $650 is pretty roomy.


True, the i3-2100 is obviously the better choice but since 650 is the limit amd seems to be the better choice, it's mostly for playing WoW, LoL and cod4

I like the X3 becuase it's a higher stock frequency and also has the ability to have a fourth core unlocked, which I am or may not get lucky with, but it is still overclockable
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February 8, 2012 9:37:54 PM

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $39.99
Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD0755&v...(B3)&manufacture=MSI - $58.08
MSI H61M-P21 (B3) H61 mATX LGA1155 DDR3 PCI-E16 3PCI-E VGA Audio LAN SATA2 Motherboard

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD7933&v... - $120.55
Intel Core i3 2100 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.1GHZ Sandy Bridge 3MB

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD8579&v... - $41.69
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... - $249.99 - $15MIR +Dirt3 coupon
XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC0275&v... - $83.16
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10370AC4190&v... - $49.69
Antec Earthwatts Green 500W Power Supply ATX12V V2.0 Active PFC 80PLUS Bronze 80MM Fan

Total: $643.15 - $15MIR + Dirt3 coupon

i3+8gb ram+6950+500gb HD vs athlon x4+4gb ram+6770+320gb HD
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February 8, 2012 10:23:19 PM

^pretty damn good build. Missing a DVD drive and the mobo is feature stripped. Other than that, it kicks major ass.
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February 9, 2012 2:52:39 AM

drunkducki said:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $39.99
Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD0755&v...(B3)&manufacture=MSI - $58.08
MSI H61M-P21 (B3) H61 mATX LGA1155 DDR3 PCI-E16 3PCI-E VGA Audio LAN SATA2 Motherboard

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD7933&v... - $120.55
Intel Core i3 2100 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.1GHZ Sandy Bridge 3MB

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD8579&v... - $41.69
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... - $249.99 - $15MIR +Dirt3 coupon
XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC0275&v... - $83.16
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10370AC4190&v... - $49.69
Antec Earthwatts Green 500W Power Supply ATX12V V2.0 Active PFC 80PLUS Bronze 80MM Fan

Total: $643.15 - $15MIR + Dirt3 coupon

i3+8gb ram+6950+500gb HD vs athlon x4+4gb ram+6770+320gb HD


Yea that's a solid build but the final price comes to 745 dollars, over the price limit which is why I chose AMD
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February 9, 2012 2:55:49 AM

taylorwallace9 said:
Yea that's a solid build but the final price comes to 745 dollars, over the price limit which is why I chose AMD

You could knock almost $100 off that build by going with a 6850 for the GPU.
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February 9, 2012 3:20:58 AM

Pezcore27 said:
You could knock almost $100 off that build by going with a 6850 for the GPU.

That is true, I'll try to bump down the price, I've never heard of direct canada and they've got some good prices
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February 9, 2012 4:02:13 PM

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You could even go with a 6770 for the games you are playing and save a little more.

That was my initial choice of video card as almost anything higher goes over my limit. Maybe the 7000 series card will decrease the 6000 series prices a bit
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